Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Happy Father’s Day 2013—catch-up post

We attempted a fun little photo trick I saw on Pinterest. After a few attempts, we got a shot I was happy with to give to their “daddy” in a frame on Father’s Day.




It turned out pretty cute, but as with any project I undertake…it comes with a price. While I was in the garage, painstakingly Xacto-knifing the cut-out letters in cardboard, Eli crawled away and was eating debris/dust from a bag of cement powder that had a small hole in it.

I don’t think he ingested too much of it, and I didn’t notice any ill side effects, so I guess we’re okay this time!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Random Summer 2013 Moments—catch-up post


Tessa begged us to let her mow the lawn. This is her first stab at it…


…and I think it was her last time for this summer. The novelty wore off quickly and it was harder than it looked. We’ll get her back at it when she’s a wee bit older and stronger.


We free-cycled a tether ball stand from some neighbors a few blocks away. After a brief and unsuccessful attempt at getting it into the back of our van (that cement-filled tire is HEAVY!), the boys decided just to roll the thing through the neighborhood to our house.

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Yea! I had been wanting to construct one of these ourselves, but this was much easier.

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Walks to parks and ponds…


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Playing in the yard



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Playing in the yard after a downpour, when it turned into a swamp…

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…complete with earthworms.





and Swimming lessons

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Happy Summer!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Dance Recital 2013—a catch-up post


This is always a big day in our family. (and not just because I sometimes deliver a baby on recital day—see June 2, 2012) It’s super exciting for my little performers, and it’s really fun for most of us audience members as well…but the day does get a little long for some.

Like last year, Tessa was in the afternoon show and Eden was in the evening show, which means many hours of sitting in the gorgeous performance hall in downtown Des Moines—but they are wonderful shows. Since the weather is beautiful and warm in early June, we are always able to take a walk outside in between the shows—getting some early dinner at Subway and strolling through a sculpture garden—before getting primped and ready for the second show.


It’s a fun family day, and I guess I can’t really blame those that get tired of watching dance after dance after dance on stage (ahem, Tyler, Eli and even Tom). Our studio really does do a fabulous job with sets, choreography, costumes and overall showmanship…there are just a lot of dancers. :)


We certainly never tire of watching these two dance it up!!


This year was extra special cuz Grandpa and Grandma Ransom came to visit and got to enjoy the show with us! We are so lucky to have them come as often as they do.


The dancers do work hard all year, so it’s pretty special to see them  showing their stuff. And what girl doesn’t love to be fancy and glitzy once in a while? This is something I never did as a child, so while it’s sort of out of my league (I’m getting better at high buns and stage make-up), it is a fun thing to see my daughters be a part of.


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Stomach viruses and play time

Some sort of stomach bug made the rounds at our house last week. Babies and little kids throwing up is never a fun thing, but luckily each person was only afflicted for about 24 hours….before passing it on to someone else. We love to share in this family!

So since we were at home being lazy a lot, there was plenty of indoor play time happening. Of course there always is (especially since it has been FREEZING here, like sub-zero), but this week I tried to join in the play time a few times, since I caught the bug myself and didn’t have a desire to be productive.

This is NOT one of my strengths! My imagination is sort of weak, and my patience for “kid play” is short…but I couldn’t resist Ansley and the cute things she was dreaming up.

Here are some iphone shots of the play library she carefully set up, complete with a stuffed animal/plush puppet section like our local library has. I tried my best to be a part of the fun. It really shouldn’t be so hard. Smile

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And this is a very familiar scene…forts and more forts.

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Little Eli has hit the ‘train-obsessed” stage that I think all boys are required to go through. It’s super fun. He wouldn’t put down those little train cars for about 3 days straight. I love this little man!

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Three cheers for play time! Hip, hip…

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Our Easter

It was a simple, beautiful day—church, dinner with friends…and of course a little photo shoot and some egg-hunting.









These five little people are so precious to me. I am eternally grateful that I can be with them forever, because of our Savior and His sacrifice that we remember at this sacred season.


Saturday, July 13, 2013

First Manicure

A big moment for the girls in my house. Normally I am too practical and frugal for such things, but Eden got a gift certificate to a nail salon for her birthday (um, 9 months ago), so finally last weekend I decided to take both Eden and Tessa for their first manicure. Ansley was content to watch. Can you see how thrilled and enthralled she is there in the background?


They felt so grown up and glamorous.

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Both girls chose a BRIGHT orange for their nail color. I was impressed with the thumb flowers. A cute touch.

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It was a fun outing. And seeing these two and their painted nails reminded me of a scene in our own home (in NYC) about five years ago.

Here are my little girly girls attempting one of their first at-home manicures.

I’m really not much of a girly girl myself, but I have to admit that this type of thing is pretty fun to share with my daughters. Girls are too fun!